Disability Benefits for Vision Problems

disability benefits for vision problems

The Social Security Disability Insurance program provides benefits to people with many different types of disabilities. These disabilities severely limit individuals’ ability to work, earn money, and perform essential daily activities. Many potential claimants call our disability attorneys and ask them if their condition qualifies for benefits. We are often asked about blindness and other vision problems. We understand that losing eyesight makes it extremely difficult for someone to keep working and making money to support themselves, and with our help, you can receive disability benefits for vision problems. The Social Security Administration has specific requirements that such disabilities must meet to qualify, but receiving benefits is very possible.

We at Summit Disability Law Group will help you at every step of the disability claims process. On this page, we identify some of the key points concerning disability benefits and vision problems.

Social Security Disability Benefits for Vision Problems

The SSA has a medical “listing of impairments” which identifies conditions that qualify for disability benefits. This listing includes three specific vision problems. These are:

  • “Loss of Central Visual Acuity”

Central Visual Acuity refers to the clarity of your central (non-peripheral) vision. In all cases of vision disabilities, the SSA will consider your ability to see with your better eye — the eye less affected by your disability. If vision is 20/200 or less in your better eye, even with glasses or contacts, then you may qualify for benefits.

  • “Contraction of the visual field in the better eye”

This refers to your peripheral vision. If loss of peripheral vision in your better eye meets the SSA’s severity requirements, you may be eligible for benefits.

  • “Loss of visual efficiency, or visual impairment, in the better eye”

Visual efficiency is your total ability to see. This includes both central and peripheral vision. You may qualify for benefits if the visual efficiency of your better eye is impaired severely enough.

These are the major vision disabilities specifically listed by the SSA. If you think you may qualify based on this information, please contact us. We can help you win your disability case. Helping our clients get the help they need is our top priority.

Utah Disability Attorneys

If you have questions about receiving disability benefits for vision problems, we have the answers. At Summit Disability Law Group, we pride ourselves on helping our clients build the strongest possible cases. Your well-being is important to us, and we will do all we can to get you what you deserve.

We wrote a book to help disabled Utahans, The Utah Social Security Disability HandbookYou can order a free copy today and start learning about disability law. We also offer free initial consultations so that you can meet us face-to-face without any financial obligation. We hope to be able to sit down with you and discuss winning your claim.


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